Success is the progressive accomplishment of a worthy goal or idea.
If there is something you want to have, be or do and you persistently move forward toward accomplishing that desire, you are on the road to success.
You may even consider that as a success for you never previously got that far.
A point to keep in mind is that success is not just about material things, it’s also about you.
Success is not about how society sees you but how you see yourself.
Think of it as an inside-out approach to success.
You have to know yourself, identify what success means to you and what your personal motivators are so you may embark on your journey and travel the road to success — the road of personal and professional success, happiness and fulfilment.
It is also vital that you realise that success is a state of mind, an appearance from within.
If you look hard enough you may find someone who at first appears to be extremely successful. That person may hold a fantastic job, drive a fast fiery red sports car, has a handsome husband, and lovely kids, one who earns so much money that she has over two hundred pairs of shoes, yet she feels miserable and depressed, feeling she is missing something in her life.
She feels insignificant, a failure.
Do you believe she is successful? She may be, yet she is unfulfilled. The success that she has achieved may not be the success that she desires when she really thinks about it.
Many people consider themselves successful when they are surrounded with all the material things they desire, yet, in truth, true success is the feeling you have that defines whether or not you are successful.
You can have no money and still feel successful because you may feel like you have contributed something great to the world.
You may be overweight and underpaid and feel successful because you have a great relationship with your family and your friends, and you love your life.
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton
Let me demonstrate this further by asking you how do you know if you are successful?
The only way of truly knowing you are successful is feeling that you are successful. If you feel you are successful, then you are successful. And if you feel that you are not successful then, ultimately, you are not successful.
If you read or listen to anyone’s definition of success or fulfilment you will find that everyone labels different things that you will require in order to be successful.
I was just listening to Tony Robbins a short while ago, and he said that there are six key ingredients that everyone looks for in their life to be successful. Those are:
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Success is what you decide it is. You need to find out what success means to you and go after it — get on the road to success!
You are now living in a time where getting wealthy, rich and very successful has never been easier.
We currently live in the information age and the great news is that the ability for you to join the wealthy, rich and successful is getting so much easier it’s amazing.
You just need to know the ropes on how you can become rich.
Have a quick look at other peoples’ successes:
· Martin Luther King successfully helped elevate the awareness of racial inequalities and discrimination
· Abraham Lincoln was successful in attempting to eradicate slavery
· Florence Nightingale successfully served as a nurse, frequently in unfavourable conditions
· Albert Einstein spoke out against nuclear weapons, and was also considered to be an unquestionable genius
· Mother Theresa dedicated her life to serving the underprivileged and impoverished people
Although most of them did not die rich, they can definitely be considered successes in their lives. Why? Simply because they all achieved what they set out to do: each one of them was successful in achieving their goals.
They got on the road to success, and they fulfilled their potential and put all their energy, heart and soul into everything they did.
And, better yet, they left the world a better place for us to live in and enjoy. They left behind them a legacy to be admired, to be enjoyed and to benefit from.
Success can be achieved.
You can help those who need help, you can work toward raising children that will improve the world, or you can start a charity.
Whatever you consider to be success is achievable. You just need to know what success means to you, that’s your first step to becoming successful, then you take action by getting on the road to success.
Believe it or not, you are already successful in many different ways.
As we said earlier, you just haven’t taken the time to realize it yet. Well, again, take the time now to remember your small, medium and big successes. This is a very important step. Remember: you need to have as many reference points as you can get.
“The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious. Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. It can never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order.” — Byron Katie
As you can see, success is what you make it to be. A word of caution: do not be swayed by what others perceive as success for you.
To help you along in defining what success may mean to you, below are a set of ten enlightening and searching questions.
They are designed in a specific way for you to see where you are now, how you presently think and where you want to go.
Although there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, they simply serve to reveal the true you.
Be honest, after all no one will see your answers, and they are for your benefit. You may answer the 10 questions in as much detail as you want or as little detail as you choose.
Life is full of choices, and this is no different.
Should you find any difficulty in “seeing the true you” you may seek the assistance of someone who knows you inside out; someone you can fully trust to honestly and constructively help you “see” what you may “miss”. Choose that person most carefully and wisely.
Zoom in and target each question, dig deep and be truthful to yourself:
· Are you enjoying the best that life has to offer, or have you settled for what you’ve got or where you’re at? Do you like where you’re at? If not, why?
· What would you dare to do if you couldn’t lose, if you were guaranteed unconditional success, if there were absolutely no limits?
· Have you decided on a definite success goal or goals in your life? In what area is it or are they in? Does it or do they serve you and another two or more people?
· Do you completely believe you have self-confidence and courage in your ability to be successful?
· Who would you love to become? What type of person, what traits and characteristics would you just love to have? Do you want to leave a legacy, if so, what legacy do you want to leave behind?
· What would you love to have or do in your life? What materialistic and tangible things would you be happy to have in your life? Write all the items that you want to have or do; it doesn’t matter how impossible they may seem to you right now.
· Do you ever create plans for doing your work more efficiently and effectively? Are you productive in your efforts? Do you follow through with your plans and objectives? How much do you get done?
· Do you have a method of developing the habit of a focused mind-set? Do you have in your possession any self-development programme or home study course? Have you studied it or is it on your bookshelf with a whole load of other personal growth programmes and CDs? Why haven’t you studied the material?
· Are you inclined to abandon your objectives, goals and plans when you meet obstacles and challenges? Do you give up on pursuing the success that you desire because of a few setbacks? If so, why is that?
· Do you believe you can be successful, have it all, become all and do anything that you want? Do you believe you can literally live your dream life on your own conditions?
As you examine and answer the questions above, you will find that your mind will help you focus and concentrate on the gap of where you are now and where you want to be…how far you actually are on the road to success.
As you visualise and imagine where you want to go, your interest continues to strengthen and grow, and your mind goes to work to close that gap.
Your subconscious mind will work in earnest all day long, and even as you sleep to bridge that gap; to make the successful dream you desire a reality.
Your ally, your subconscious mind is a mighty powerful force. When you have it on your side anything is possible.
“Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” — Napoleon Hill